QUANG NAM (VNS) — The Quang Nam authorities on Thursday asked for co-ordination from agencies in apprehending illegal gold miners working in the Bong Mieu gold mine in Tam Lanh Commune, Phu Ninh District.
Recently, especially after the Bong Mieu Gold Plant temporarily closed at the end of last year, illegal gold mining occurred in the commune, causing public disorder.
The illegal gold mining was reported in communes bordering Bac Tra My, Nui Thanh and Tien Phuoc districts.
Illegal miners gained access to the mines because the areas they are located in are vast, while the number of guards at the Bong Mieu Gold Plant were reduced after the plant closed down.
Also, an initial investigation of local authorities showed that some guards who had been sacked by the plant lent a hand with the illegal mining, as they knew how to gain access to the mines.
Authorities noted that besides local people, about 500 people from other provinces and cities came into the area to search for gold.
Although local authorities set up guard teams to arrest illegal miners, the few guards could not control the mining areas, which are hundreds of hectares in width.
Moreover, the 6666 Industrial Minerals Joint-stock Company was licensed to only sift minerals, though it used cyanide, which caused environmental pollution.
The Quang Nam People's Committee asked the Bong Mieu Gold Plant to work with provincial authorities to tighten management in those areas in which the plant was entrusted to supervise.
The Quang Nam Department of Natural Resources and Environment was asked to work with the Phu Ninh District People's Committee to check the 6666 Company's operation. Violations resulting in pollution will be punished based on present laws.
The Phu Ninh District People's Committee was assigned to provide information to local residents to urge them to stop mining gold in the areas and set up a plan to arrest violators.
Nguyen Ngoc Truyen, chief of the provincial People's Committee Secretariat, said that the province would set up a station to control illegal gold mining in Tam Lanh Commune.
Also, the people's committees of Nui Thanh, Tien Phuoc and Bac Tra My districts have responsibility for assisting with the station's management board to check and manage illegal mining in their localities. — VNS